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As the summer break winds down, so does our summer reading
series, but don’t let this last instalment keep your kids and teens from
embracing reading year-round!
Surrey Schools has polled several teacher-librarians for a
weekly summer reading series, asking for their recommended reads for July and
August. In this final week, Colleen Heidrich, the new teacher-librarian at Cedar
Hills Elementary, shares some of her recent favourites for elementary students,
all available at the Surrey Public Library and Fraser Valley Regional Library
in hard copy or as e-books.
We Will Rock Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins (K-3)
“Some of you may know the book We Don’t Eat Our
Classmates where we first meet Penelope, who is a T-Rex, and this is
another book about her and her school adventures. This time, there is a talent
show coming up at school and Penelope wants to play guitar for her friends and
rock out, but she’s also afraid. Showing people who you are can be scary. Do
you think she’ll be able to do it?”
The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan
Glaser (Gr. 3-7)
“Some of you may have read the first book in this series a
couple of years ago when it was one of the Surrey Schools books of the year.
You don’t have to have read the first one to enjoy this one. This is a story of
family, friendships, and bringing something beautiful to the lives of many. A
perfectly heartwarming story to escape into and enjoy!”
Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros (Gr. 5-7)
“This is a story about an American-born boy named Efrén
whose hardworking parents are Mexican and undocumented. Efrén faces many
challenges in not only bringing his family back together, but making sure they
all get through day-to-day life. This book is about how he deals with these
difficult circumstances at only 12 years old. A very timely book and an amazing
Heidrich encourages students to use the home stretch of
summer to get lost in a good book – even one they’ve read before! “It doesn't
matter as long as you enjoy it!” she says. “Find a way to share with a friend
or family member the things you like and don’t like about what you’re reading
as well. Talk, write, text, it doesn’t matter!”
You can also check out more recommended K-7 books from Holly
Elementary teacher-librarian Macushla Myles here,
as well as see all the winners of our Surrey Schools readers’
choice book awards programs.